The Mountains-to-Sea Trail Across North Carolina: Walking a Thousand Miles through Wildness, Culture and History

176 pges. plus 16 pp. color-photo insert, paperback,
ISBN 9781609497200 $19.95 published by The History Press (2013)

The Mountains-to-Sea Trail is a North Carolina state trail which takes you from the Smoky mountains to the Atlantic Ocean.  My book captures the experience of walking through the state.


The Mountains-to-Sea Trail shows off the most spectacular, historic and quirky elements of the North Carolina landscape. Stretching one thousand miles from Clingmans Dome in the Smokies to Jockey’s Ridge State Park in the Outer Banks, the route takes in Fraser fir trees and pelicans, old grist  and textile mills, working cotton and tobacco farms, Revolutionary War sites and two British cemeteries complete with Union Jacks. The trail is half on footpaths and half on back roads, offering experiences not only in nature but also in small towns, at historic monuments, in family cemeteries and in local shops.

The Mountains-to-Sea Trail Across North Carolina will  captivate the curious, the adventurous, the hiker, the biker and the history buff.

Check out the video book trailer on Youtube.

An interview with Danny

On the sand dunes at Jockey's Ridge State Park

On the sand dunes at Jockey’s Ridge State Park

1. What piqued your interest in the Mountains-to-Sea trail?
Before I thought about the MST, I had been hiking in the Southern Appalachians for almost ten years. I finished the iconic hiking challenges of the area, all the trails in the Smokies and the South Beyond 6000, (the forty mountains over six thousand feet), but I really didn’t know much about the rest of North Carolina. Sure, I’d been to the shopping centers in Charlotte and Raleigh but not much else, so the trail seemed to be the perfect way to see North Carolina’s wildness, culture and history.
I’m fascinated by the intense relationship between hiking and observing. I love to hike, and this was the obvious next project.